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So You’re Thinking About Online YTT…

My life is busy. It could be worse, of course, but right now I’m okay with the level of chaos I’m at.

All of a sudden there is A LOT going on. Early in our marriage, my husband and I decided to take the next few years to do all of the things we ever wanted – from education to vacation to working overtime – before we start a family. Even with everything going on, I found an hour or more each day to devote to my practice. That time is specifically for me; where I can relax, I can meditate, and I can have a few moments of beautiful, sweaty peace.

To save some money and to delve a little deeper into my home yoga practice while our schedules are even busier for the next few months, I decided to look into some full-length online yoga classes that I *GASP* actually have to pay for. That’s when the magic happened and I stumbled across online yoga teacher training.


Taking online classes has become infamous. Believe me; it can make learning a little more difficult. I did half of my undergraduate studies online, completed 2 online certificate courses, and will be doing graduate school 100% online. It’s not easy, but it is worth it. You have more flexibility in how you learn! There is no rigidity in the schedule so you have the opportunity to learn how, when, and where works best for you. You just need to stay on top of it!

My home yoga studio (arguably the best little studio out there – I’m bias) offers 200-hour yoga teacher training. Like all other 200-hour in-studio trainings, it is pretty costly. Unfortunately with student loans, car payments, rent, and medical costs adding that extra few thousand dollars for training seems impossible. Becoming a yoga instructor wasn’t in my vocabulary… until now. Online yoga teacher training is definitely less expensive, but by saying that, I don’t mean it is cheaper. You still receive a quality and credible education but with less digits next to that dollar sign.


Online Yoga teacher training is an absolutely fantastic tool that gives the student everything he or she needs to successfully complete training. Books, videos, even some props may be included in the cost of the program you choose. There are several online options varying in the type of yoga you choose, 200 to 500 hour training, and level of research needed. I chose the least expensive, yet highest-researched, level that I could find… and I love it!

Online training has given me the opportunity to delve deeper into my practice and to utilize resources (books, websites, and instructors) that work best for my personal practice and connect back to my personal journey. Instructors from the program and yogis who have decades of experience are always available to answer questions and guide your practice. With the particular program I chose, I must complete a 50-question written exam, write a yoga lesson plan, complete five  essays (3-pages, single-spaced), and submit an hour-long video of a hatha class I teach to at least one student. It’s a lot of work, but since it’s research-based, I am given a year to complete all the materials needed for my certification.


If you’re like me and can’t take too much extra time out of your schedule (but your heart strings are being pulled to become a yoga teacher) an online YTT program may be the best thing for you. You can read about, practice, teach, and research yoga when it fits your schedule.

I’ve begun to include my training into my daily practice, to put things I’m learning to use in my flow, and to expand on what matters most to me in my practice. Not to mention, I have an incredible amount of full-length online Yoga classes now available for me to practice with at home/hotels/work (wherever) while me schedule is stuffed completely full for the summer.


Continue to go to class regularly at your home studio! This will definitely improve the quality of your learning. If you have a super tight schedule and can’t make it to the studio, practice wherever you are. Try out different instructors on YouTube, or search for online yoga classes you might like to try. While you’re going through YTT, this is the perfect opportunity to pay close attention to the mannerisms of different Yoga teachers and learn what your style of teaching may relate to most. You never know, something may be said during class that will help you in your training!

Don’t let chaos stop you from deepening your practice! Be a Bad Yogi, and own it!

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  1. Amanda


    July 30, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Wow, I never knew this was a thing! I applaud you for going for it. For me…I don’t think I would want to do it that way. I might even be a little skeptical. 🙂 I just think of the rich experience I had in my 200 hr training (with my 500-hr coming up this fall!), and I can’t imagine getting the same thing from online training. I’ve taken a lot of online courses, as well, and I love it for a lot of reasons: it’s less expensive, you get to manage your time and work at your own pace, and you don’t have to get out of your pajamas (that’s my favorite!). 🙂 But for yoga, I don’t know. Then again, I do online practices and I teach some online practices, so I guess I’m already doing it to some degree! And I’m sure there is a practical hands-on element within the requirements. At any rate, I’m glad you’re doing it and that it’s working for you! And I’m glad to know it’s an option. 🙂

    1. Megan Reddix

      Megan Reddix

      August 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Hey Amanda! I felt the same way as you. I was extremely weary about online yoga teacher training, but a friend of mine had really great things to say about the studio I went through and after lots of research and consideration I decided to jump in. Honestly, I never actually planned on becoming a yoga instructor. I just happened upon the opportunity in my search for credible online classes to get me through the summer. It ended up being an absolutely incredible experience. I still worked directly with instructors and other yogis, although not on an every day basis. I spent a lot of time skyping, communicating over email, and watching video “lectures”. Although it is a much different format than a YTT you would find in-studio, you still get an extremely strong and personal experience. I don’t recommend it for everyone, but those with no time available to take off from work, as well as technology lovers, this could be a great option!

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        January 25, 2017 at 7:50 pm

        What online studio did you use?

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        June 15, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Hello , since it’s hard to find and to know a credible site that offers YTT…can suggest any site that u think it’s credible ? Or even the one u have used urself for ur ytt? Thank u !

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      December 10, 2018 at 8:15 am

      I did YogaRenew and loved it!

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        January 1, 2020 at 11:38 pm

        Hi Joanna! I have been researching tirelessly on which online certification program to go with! I have really been leaning towards YogaRenew, because unlike other programs in seem stop fully encompass different forms as well as the root of yoga… any info or insight that you may offer would be MUCH appreciated!

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    July 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    I had no idea this was an option either! I’m going through a career change right now and seriously wishing I had the time for YTT. I didn’t think I would be able to with my schedule. Now I’ll have to look into it! Do you have any program recommendations?

    1. Megan Reddix

      Megan Reddix

      August 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm

      Hi Devin. I went through Aura Wellness Center, but there are lots of places out there! Keep in mind that if you complete your Yoga Teacher Training online, many programs are not connected with Yoga Alliance’s Registered Yoga Teacher program (RYT). RYT is helpful in finding a job as a yoga instructor, but not necessary. I do not have the RYT stamp, and I now teach in two cities and online. Best of luck!

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        December 30, 2017 at 9:54 pm

        Is it hard to teach online? I am looking into the same school you are looking into and want to do yoga in our community and online for those who can’t take the babies out or moms who don’t want to leave her house right then and there.

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          Ana sima

          September 3, 2020 at 11:53 am

          Make sure you read all the info. Alanna Kaivalya advertises the heaven on earth yoga on line but IT’S NON REFUNDABLE anything if you change your mind after 24 h. more it charges $70 processing fee in case one would ( I doubt about that) ever be accepted to have a refund. In my opinion this is pretty much looking as a scam

  3. Michael Duncan

    Michael Duncan

    July 31, 2016 at 4:24 pm


    Like you I am not the typical Yogi. A bit taller but in a hobbits body, and many years older. I have been considering YTT for a while but have not yet jumped of that cliff. The on-line training intrigues me. Having both taught on-line and taken courses on-line I am very familiar with the advantages and disadvantages. I will definitely look into this now. If you don’t mind me asking, which program did you chose? If you don’t want to answer that publically, please you my email. Awesome article. Thank you. Michael Duncan

    1. Megan Reddix

      Megan Reddix

      August 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Michael! I went through Aura Wellness Center. I thought the instructors were very attentive and thorough and gave me an absolutely wonderful and personal experience! I definitely felt prepare to jump out into the world of teaching as soon as my certification was complete. Now I teach in two cities and online. Just keep in mind that many online programs are not connected with Yoga Alliance’s Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) program. Although helpful in finding jobs quickly after certification, the RYT stamp is not necessary. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message!

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        January 1, 2020 at 11:41 pm

        Hi Megan! I would love any insight you may have into the online certification! It is my 2020 goal! Single mom and I have gone through some pretty huge life challenges… yoga has literally saved my life… it helped me find a strength that I did not know i had as well as learning so much about myself! I want to be able to share this passion with others!

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    August 5, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    I signed up for online yoga instructor training for the same reasons you did. I started doing yoga religiously after being diagnosed with thyroid disease (thank you Bad Yogi). I wanted to learn more, but we live in the middle of nowhere. I ended up finding an online instructor program and have learned so much!

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      Kari Miggins

      September 20, 2019 at 9:47 pm

      What online program did you go through?

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    August 6, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    So glad to hear i am not “alone” haha. For me, online is the only viable option for me right now to get YTT training. I have picked what i feel is an awesome program (Yogafaith.org) and i am excited to get my 200hr through them in the next couple months. However, I will have to do a week long in-person intensive later on if i want my RYT.

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      September 15, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Hi Laura , I was wondering if you have any follow up info to share on your experience with YogaFaith training? I love the Christian immersion in it, but worry that it might not have enough emphasis on helping me to develop the teaching skills-creating sequences etc… thoughts ?

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    August 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    So much respect! I could never be a teacher! (of anything) 🙂
    Good luck!

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    Trisha Trixie Hunter Merrill

    August 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    I didn’t see anywhere a link to a YTT. Do you happen to have some sugestions or does anyone else? Everywhere I have looked still seems to be about $3000. Is there a LESS expensive way?

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    March 6, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Wow! Thank you so much for writing this. I have been thinking about YTT for awhile since grad school, but there is no way I could afford most courses any time in the near future. A reputable online YTT course might be the way I could actually pursue further studies of yoga. Thank you, again!

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    Kerry DeBauge

    May 22, 2017 at 7:56 pm

    Thank you for sharing your perspective! I’m considering an online class, and working with my favorite teacher locally. I live in a rural area, so the closest typical studio is an hour away. Online is the most logical solution, but I was unsure the quality. You’ve made me feel more confident about my choice to pursue this.

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    Amy Marden

    July 6, 2017 at 1:03 am

    I actually enrolled in Aura Wellness a few years ago when my child was an infant. I thought program was amazing but had to return it because I had overestimated my time (and energy!) as a new mom. Now I’m stationed with my husband in Japan and certification in person in English is just not looking feasible. I am thinking of going back to Aura and this post has made me even more sure this is the way to go. Yoga Alliance is great, but it’s not the be all end all and being excellent and knowledgable in any field has little to do with what letters you have next to your name (I’m also a lawyer so I feel I can say that this!) Thank you!

    1. Megan Reddix

      Megan Reddix

      July 6, 2017 at 12:44 pm

      Hi Amy! You’re absolutely right! Although you do have more time to complete the training, there is still a time limit. From the moment you sign up, you have a year to complete the course requirements. Sometimes, even that timeline is not feasible, but it’s worth giving it a shot! I’m so glad you’re considering Aura once again. I completed my specialization certification in prenatal yoga earlier this year after being certified in Hatha through their program last year. Not gaining the designation “RYT” under Yoga Alliance is really not the worst thing. It hasn’t hindered me in the year and a half I’ve been teaching. In fact, I’ve even opened my own yoga/photography business, and no student has ever asked if I was certified through a Yoga Alliance program. Best of luck!

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        November 9, 2018 at 11:58 am

        I did yogarenew but I started to feel uncomfortable because they show a picture of the supposed owner who is totally not findable. That she isn’t registered with YA did not bother me, but I don’t think she is a real yoga teacher. 🙁
        It looks like someone trying to make quick cash and I found it disappointing. I am from the DC area, in Virginia. She isn’t here. The business is registered to some man. Just sayin. Be careful. Aura is working out well.

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          Nadia Azam

          November 16, 2018 at 3:01 pm

          Hi this is Nadia, the founder of YogaRenew Teacher Training. We sincerely apologize that you did not have a good experience with our online program. We take pride in offering an authentic and valuable online yoga teacher training program for all of our students. Our mission is to provide a program that is affordable for students to be able to pursue their dream of becoming a certified yoga teacher. My information is online as well as some photos of me teaching yoga classes I have lead recently in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. My name is listed as the owner of YogaRenew Teacher Training, along with my husband. If you found something else online that is not listed as under my name, this is incorrect. We are truly sorry if something went wrong but do want to make sure that we’ve provided some clarification here.

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    July 31, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    I’m looking into the program at Aura. The school is listed on Yoga Alliance as being an accredited school. So I dont understand why you can’t become a registered teacher with the online program. What is missing?

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      Iris Madelyn

      September 8, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      Yoga Alliance considers online trainings as “non-contact hours” so even if you meet all their trainings guidelines, you’d still be missing the contact hours they require to be “registered” with them. But, the bigger point here is that YA is only a “registry” or a directory of people and schools that have paid them a fee and promised to do things according to their general guidelines. You can be registered in many directories. Most good schools even have their own directories to connect their trained teachers with a larger community. While they may not be as big a registry as YA, they most likely won’t charge a fee. The other point here is that YA does NOT provide oversight for how teachers and schools are performing! You pay YA a fee and show proof of going to a school that has also paid YA a fee, and you’re in. Seems unnecessary at best.

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        Kendra Klassen

        November 28, 2017 at 11:26 am

        Thank you for this! I have been struggling with this for the past several weeks and this is a clean and easy explanation of YA.

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        Rochelle Powers

        September 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

        Perfect! Thank you!

        I will proceed with my YTT online.

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        Rochelle Powers

        September 15, 2018 at 6:55 pm

        Perfect! Thank you!

        I will proceed with my YTT online.

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        May 20, 2019 at 12:48 am

        Hi Iris!
        I appreciate this is a very old thread, however, if you happen to receive this message I wondered if I could enquire about the Meditative Writings that you teach? I’m intrigued as I am a health care practitioner who involves a little guided meditation into my practice and would like to create some depth to what is currently available for my clients.

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    Iris Madelyn

    September 8, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    What a helpful thread of comments! Thanks for opening up this conversation Megan. I am looking at YTT online for similar reasons as others here. I already teach meditative writing workshops online so adding the yoga piece is only a natural fit. It just makes sense to me that I could learn online too.

    Now I’m just debating between Aura Wellness 500 hour training and YogaDownload’s 500 hour training with the Kaivalya Method. I’ve taken the Meditation Teacher certification course with Aura so I know what their format is like. It’s very thorough for sure. But YogaDownload’s program is more rich in that it has online video assignments (both students and teachers upload video comments and feedback), monthly group calls with mentors, etc. It seems more modern tech as opposed to Aura’s DVD and CD trainings.

    Anyone have any experience with YogaDownload? Thanks.

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      September 12, 2017 at 7:16 am

      I really enjoyed reading this article and in fact I am encourting the same questions as you Iris. I researched a bit the different options and I am torn between Aura (which seems to be the most commone) and Yogadownload (which seems to be the most current).

      I would love to see the responses to this as well. If you happen to make your decision soon, I would be curious to know which one and why?

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        Iris Madelyn

        December 3, 2017 at 4:41 pm

        Several months after this discussion thread, I thought I’d share my decision. I’ve decided on Aura wellness for the YTT program. Reasons: YogaDownload’s program is certainly more interactive. I like their live calls, video feedback, and personal mentorship. It could be the thing that really makes the program empowering. It would surely be more motivating to stick with the program when I know I have a deadline and a mentor to respond to as opposed to my own self-guided work with no outside accountability.

        BUT: Big BUT — The YD certification is in “The Kaivalya Yoga Method” which I mistakenly thought had something to do with the Kaivalya Yoga School in India. The school in India teaches a traditional Hatha style of yoga. The Yoga Download course is a style of yoga MADE UP by a woman named Alanna Kaivalya and the certification is named for her.

        I’m all about breaking with tradition for innovating ways of learning and teaching. But the content needs to be legit! I.e. with a strong foundation and a clear lineage. I simply have doubts about a program that seeks to reinvent this several-thousand year old system for the sake of branding.

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          December 4, 2017 at 11:09 am

          Interesting. I’m in the process of reviewing YD and Aura right now. I was looking at the program and like the interactive style of YD, but I do agree with you. I want to learn yoga. All types of yoga. But to start out, general yoga. I do not want to learn “branded” yoga, that is my personal preference. Of course, to each there own. Also, the last name is very confusing and could lead people to think like you did initially. Thanks for the update!
          So do you feel like the DVD’s and “old style” method of Aura is lacking?
          What are your thoughts on it thus far?

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          Karen McMillan

          August 2, 2019 at 3:49 am

          Iris, Your thread has been invaluable. A valuable-add to @Meganreddix’s helpful article. I was looking at a local studio course for $3K, but see they are not registered with YA (your YA explanation was very helpful) I have decided to free my schedule and enjoy learning from home w/participation in live, land-based, local yoga classes. Namaste <3

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          Jennifer Delson

          June 23, 2020 at 11:38 pm

          I have no financial motive nor known Alanna but I took the course. She is highly knowledgeable. She creates sophisticated analogies between popular culture and ancient yoga concepts. She has a Phd in mythology and clearly has spent years studying yoga. I highly recommend her online courses.

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    September 14, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’m between aura and yoga download for the same reasons right now! As a teacher and small business owner I need the online flexibility. This post has calmed some of my fears of buying in to an online program- hoping it’s not a sham!

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    September 18, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    I am really interested in getting my yoga certification, as well as a certification in aromatherapy to someday open my own practice/ studio, but I’m not sure where to get started looking for online schools. Where di you research online yoga teacher training, and what training did you go through? I’m curious as to what program you finished, the coursework sounds perfect.

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    October 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I’ve been looking at Aura Wellness’ online YTT. They have so many options for “camp in a box”. I don’t know which one to purchase?

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    Kendra Klassen

    November 28, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I have been considering YTT for several months now. It’s not a decision I want to rush into, but it is pulling at my heart. We live in a rural area, it is 2 hours to the closest in person YTT and they are not complementary to a full-time working, busy mom of 3 kids. I then there is the cost. So I have been hesitant to move forward. The last week or so, there have been several Facebook “suggested posts” about online YTT, which got me thinking I should look into it. A quick google search brought me to this article (which I’m already a Bady Yogi Subscriber) and a whole new world opened up. I’ve jotted down the names of several of the online trainings mentioned in the comments and I’m going to research them some more. Thank for a great article and even better comment thread!

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    michelle collier

    December 6, 2017 at 3:40 pm

    Thank you all. I have been looking into the restorative yoga and yoga therapist programs through aura but I was afraid I would be disappointed.bi now feel it is the right choice and plan to sign up after the first of the year.

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      March 11, 2018 at 9:37 am

      I was trying to find a yoga therapist program and didn’t see that Aura has one. I’ll have to look again as that is what I am most interested in.

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    December 30, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    I want to get YTT online with aura, but my thing is the price. Yes its way cheaper than in our current town, but with one income it’s a bit scary to think about dropping that much. is there any grants or ways to get scholarships for moms who want to teach? Anyone know of anything like that? I am currently trying to make a small income by selling things here and there to save up.

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    January 4, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Following this as I am looking in to YTT online as well. I have an instructor just 30 minutes from me, but she wants $3,000 and a committment of one full weekend per month from March to November. If I am already a personal trainer and been doing yoga for awhile and I workout alot and have my 3rd black belt, I feel I can handle an online course rather than have to take all that time and spend all of that money. I am leaning toward Aura as well, Yoga download was still $1795. Am I missing something, please let me know.

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      February 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm

      Hi Debra. Certified fitness trainers can check their scope of practice to see if their state allows them to teach group classes. As an ACE certified Group Instructor, I took a CE class to be able to teach yoga. Simple! The college I taught at accepted the CE no problem.

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        February 1, 2018 at 10:00 pm

        Btw – I also am a yogi, so had self study and attending many in person yoga classes to guide me in creating 8 fold path based verbal cuing.

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    January 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm

    Hello! Thank you for your post! May I ask about your experience learning to become a yoga teacher online via Wellness? Also, did you learn any meditation techniques? Any information that you can share about your online experience is greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    Lauren W

    January 28, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    I’m so happy I found this article! I too am thinking of doing Aura’s online teacher training. I am certifying in a different style of yoga in person later this year. Many yoga teachers have told me I should also have my 200 hour as it would give me a better chance of getting into a yoga studio to teach after. I think I am going to go for it and go this online training. 🙂

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    March 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I am looking to YTT online as well and hove found two that are comparable, Arua Wellness and Yoga Education Institute. Does anyone have any reviews on Yoga Education institute compared to Aura? I am leaning more towards Aura as there is more information out there on their program. Any info would be helpful. Thanks

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    May 9, 2018 at 9:19 pm

    Love this thread! I am really interested in online YTT and have a question for anyone here. How big of a deal is it to be registered with the Alliance? Im looking into yoga download’s program (which admittedly looks awesome) and I live in Colorado, where it seems yoga teachers are a dime a dozen.

    Does anyone know how big of a difference it makes to have Alliance registration? I could care less personally if I’m registered, but if it will be difficult to find work, I guess it could be a deciding factor for me. Thanks for any insight!

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      June 6, 2018 at 10:00 am


      If you scroll up a bit, she outlines what it means to have the Alliance registration! I just read it and would highlight the points for you if my brain was working properly!

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    Sarah Heap

    May 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Hey, I’m looking at doing an online 200 hr YTT but talking to Yoga Alliance they don’t accept online training course to register with them. Can you still get insurance with online courses?

    Can anyone recommend the best online course? Online is best for me to fit in around work and family life.


    Sarah 🙂

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      allison howell

      May 24, 2018 at 11:41 am

      Hi, Sarah- You can still get insurance to teach regardless of whether or not you are registered through Yoga Alliance. You’ll definitely get the best experience through an in-person training, but if online is your only option, look into styles of yoga that you most like/ instructors who teach styles and see if they are offering an online course. Regardless of which yoga teacher training you take, it’s always important to consider the value you’re getting for the investment- agenda and what is included within the training are important things to consider. There are countless different certifications, 200-hour teacher trainings, and training structures out there to consider!

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    Laura Balducci

    May 26, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    Wow this is a great thread! I have been searching for a yoga teacher training for months and really considering online is my best route as I live rural on a west coast Island in B.C. Canada. I have been very drawn to the 500 hr online class at yoga download as they do 100 hrs of anatomy which Intrigues me in my training but I had not reliezed it was her own style of yoga? But I have to admit that I have watched her webinars and I resonate with her on many levels…. i also like the format yoga download seems very easy for a non techie person like myself has anyone taken that course and how do they feel about….I am now also going to look into Aura as I was not sure about there course but I am into online and the 500 hours. Thank you so much for all the input on this thread and this great artical. No matter what I’m signing up to badyoga.com website xoxo Laura

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    Laura Balducci

    May 27, 2018 at 1:44 am

    I feel really grateful I found your website I checked out Aura Wellness after reading this thread and yup it’s exactly what I was looking for and I will be signing up shortly to do my online training. As a retaired hair, makeup and fashion stylist at 48 taking my YTT is a goal I have had since 2001 but I do suffer from a hidden disability degenerate disc disease and there are days I don’t actually do well even thou I have a good regime that helps a lot. This is personal goal, a chance to strengthen my personal practice that I can afford stress free and do at my own timing. With out the pressure that I have to teach to try to accommodate my mind for spending $3000 plus experience and leave my family to do a personal goal. With that said I would love to teach others as my passion has always been to help others feel fantastic about them selves and I may in the future offer classes but for now I am able to accomplish a person goal in the comfort of my own home with out breaking my family’s bank account. I thank you all for your I put and helping me find the perfect online class that mights my desire. This thread has been very helpful and I wish you all much success everyday with your person goals. 😁👩‍🌾🧘🏻‍♀️Laura

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      June 3, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Hi Laura!

      A fellow Canadian from Quebec City here. I’m thinking about taking Aura Wellness’ online yoga teacher training. Do you know if it’s recognized in Canada?

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        June 3, 2018 at 7:38 pm

        Yes I think so just not with Yoga Alliance. From all the reviews I have read people from all around the world have taken the course and work in there areas if that was there desire.


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        February 4, 2019 at 9:25 am

        Hi Susa, I’m also from Quebec but near Montreal. I’m curious to know if you did the online YTT and were able to find work. I’m a full time working mother and in studio YTT is just not realistic for me. Thank you 🙂

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          December 14, 2019 at 12:04 pm

          Hi Catherine, I am from Quebec as well and just wondering if you took the online ytt from Aura Wellness.

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    Sonya Burdge

    May 28, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I came to Yoga in retirement. I had no training per se but just copied the poses and read about them online. I am 73 and not thin. I work with a group of seniors at the Senior Center in my village and we do chair and standing poses. I have just completed a weekend course in Accessible Yoga where I participated with many people who had various lengths of Teacher Trainings. Apart from avoiding floor poses and not knowing the Sanskrit words I felt OK. But now I think I want to get a teacher training of my own but hesitate to attend a class because they will all be thin and young. I want to expand on the spiritual side and be able to present a certification to expand my class to include other people with limitations. Maybe get a grant to move to a bigger space.

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      Iris Madelyn

      May 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      73 years young and not thin?! You are the perfect embodiment of yoga. Truly. Yoga has very little in common with the advertisements or fancy yoga pants 😄 It sounds to me that you have the heart of yoga and that’s what it’s all about. I’m happy to here how you’ve come to yoga and how you are sharing it. We need more people like you in the world. As for training or certification, find a teacher who understands your goals and needs. I’ve met wonderful yogis of all shapes and ages that will help you nurture your yogi heart. I wish you all the best on this journey. 🙏🏽

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    June 13, 2018 at 12:47 am

    I own a Yoga Alliance registered school offering yoga teacher training now on our fourth year. I agree the required contact hours is so limiting. Yoga Alliance is not the end all and be all of yoga teaching, and they are not the only yoga registry in the world either. In fact eventhough all of our graduates can now register with Yoga Alliance, less than 10% of them do but almost all of them end up teaching! I myself have two young children and I want to reach out to others who sincerely want to deepen their learning of yoga without leaving home. I have downloaded Teachable, ready to create an online course but need some time to do it! LOL
    BadYogi, if you want to write an article about pros and cons of Yoga Alliance I am happy to be interviewed. Not much pros I am afraid for us in Europe to be honest etc

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    July 26, 2018 at 11:45 am

    This is an absolute joke. As if a one month course wasn’t already churning out thousands of the worst yoga ‘teachers,’ in the history of yoga, now you can do it online.

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      When the Student is Ready, the Teacher Will Appear

      July 26, 2018 at 3:57 pm

      Take some deep breaths, Phil.

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    Marlo Larson

    July 27, 2018 at 12:19 am

    I’m so grateful for this article as I too have been stuck with an unfulfilled dream to share Yoga with others, due to limited funds/time to access teacher training. Thank you for this conversation.

    I recently found another on line training program that I don’t see mentioned here called YogaRenew (not to be confused with Renew Yoga). Seems to be in the same price range as the basic level 1 program through Aura, but I can not find reviews/feedback on the course on line (maybe too new?).

    One question about the Aura: They have so many different options in courses and financially their basic level 1 course would be where I need to start. Does anyone know if this basic course really provides sufficient education to get started with teaching? Are there any lessons that assist with creating lessons and the actual process of teaching/designing sequences etc.?

    Thanks for any feedback!


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      Lesle Woolridge

      July 27, 2018 at 2:48 am

      I was just looking at the classes on Yoga Renew. Love the syllabus. I actually found this thread by searching for reviews of the yoga renew classes. It looks like a great program… but lack of info worries me.

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        Marlo Larson

        August 4, 2018 at 11:05 pm

        Hi Lesle! That’s how I found the thread too 🙂 Doesn’t sound like they’ve been around long enough maybe? I agree on their syllabus and would like to give it a try, but absent feedback, could be a risk. I felt like they had a well rounded curriculum including Yoga buMarsiness related courses, which I’m not sure Aura has???

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    July 28, 2018 at 4:53 am

    Wow! A great article and commentary. Thank you! Found you trying to find reviews for online YTT course. Aura sounds great. I too am looking for reviews on YogaRenew but finding little. Anyone doing this or completed their course?
    Another qn, if you do the online 200hour YTT course, would it be feasible to do cert IV or is the online YTT course not recognised?

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      Marlo Larson

      August 4, 2018 at 11:06 pm

      Hi Fran,

      Aura seems to have all the reviews — and great ones too– Yoga Renew must be new? Did you end up finding anything?

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    July 28, 2018 at 5:09 am

    I’m about to sign up for the Aura Wellness online Power Yoga Teacher training. I’ve been reassured by this article and also by all the contact I’ve had with Aura Wellness. They’ve always answered my questions promptly. I’m from Canada. I checked and got confirmation that Aura Wellness certificate gives the right to join the Canadian Yoga Association. I can let you know how things advance for me, if you’d like.

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      July 30, 2018 at 7:47 am

      Thanks so much. I’m in Australia but any feedback would be great. Thanks

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      July 30, 2019 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Susa, I know this is an old thread but did you end up pursuing the Aura Wellness Yoga training? I don’t see it listed on the Canadian website.

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      Ashley Hamilton

      April 7, 2020 at 8:09 am

      Hi Susa, how did your training go at Aura Wellness and which course did you end up taking? I’m looking into Online Level 1 Vinyasa 200 hours to start. After all my research, the schools that stand out to me are Aura Wellness and DoYogaWithMe. Both seem to offer highly experienced and dedicated Yoga Instructors, quality educational material, and seamless online platforms. I’ll let you know how my progress goes.

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    Rochelle powers

    September 15, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Thank you, Beloved!!
    I’ve been so stagnate relating to this subject. Your blog is a GOD SEND!

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    September 18, 2018 at 12:10 am

    I’ve not did yoga in 29 years. I was a gymnast and after children, family, working you name it well I lost my way. I was obese and very ill it took a lot to get me back on that mat. But it saved my life. Now with that said I’ve been researching and doing my homework to understand yoga teacher training because once I started doing yoga regular home practice my body began to remember and much of it came easily for me. What stunned me as I shared my yoga progress was the fact that many certified yoga instructors were shocked at my practice and how much I could do. I couldn’t understand why on earth they were teaching yoga and habdny mastered the art. Teaching yoga for years at that and all registered with Yoga alliance. Many became upset at their training because they felt cheated and if you ask me they have been cheated if you pay your money for something you should get it all. That is why I’m choosing inline yiga teacher training. Yoga alliance is is good but it doesn’t define the talent or the art of Yoga or anyone else skills and abilities. Do qhatcis best for your budget and home work lifestyle. Everyone can’t afford to go to India, or Bali or come up with $3500 cash money up front. It made me feel as though if you weren’t privileged you couldn’t get certified. Schools need to be more practical. And online Yoga is more practical especially students such as myself who needed no teacher and was already trained fully.

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    Laura Balducci

    September 18, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I have now done a lot of research and I have chatted with many who have also done either yogarenew or aura they both say great things. I really like the way yogarenew is set up and so for my personal practice I am going to choose yogarenew but I think both are good online courses. Yes yogarenew is new but there course seems to line up more with where I’m at and also it’s not just research base and I personally think that works better for me and my needs.

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      October 24, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Laura,
      I am currently looking at Renew. Any feedback so far would be appreciated

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        Laura Balducci

        October 24, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        Hello Ann
        Yes I have started my YTT online with Yogarenew I’m just getting into the anatomy section and I have to say I love it, it’s super easy to nevagate the website, I feel like I have already learn lots, I find the videos , reading and quizzes (which there are many of) all inspiring. I feel like I chose the right course for myself. Online YTT so far has been a great experience so far, I do feel both Aura Wellness and Yogarenew are good in there own ways but Im super happy with the route I took with Yogarenew.
        I hope you find what works for you !!!

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    October 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    THANK YOU so much for this article and thread! I came to yoga by way of dance close to 20 years ago, then immediately started teaching yoga but never received certification. After going in a different direction (photography, video & film/TV production) for many years, I’ve recently come back to dance and yoga and started teaching both again last January! But industry standards are definitely changing and I keep getting asked about being certified. But just like many of you, I do not currently have the means to just up and go for certification, but it’s becoming a necessity for other opportunities that are coming my way, including developing a donation based yoga program in my community. So, I am seriously considering starting an online program, especially because of my background and my knowledge of Kinesiology. I checked out Yoga Renew, and although they are pretty new, I like what they have to offer AND the price point is fantastic! However, I came across another new program called Online Yoga School with a similar price point. I think I like their curriculum better because it includes an introduction into Ayurveda, which is something I’ve also been wanting to dive deeper into. Has anyone heard of this program, and if so, what’s your take on it? Because if I confirm that Yoga Alliance certification is not required for the many grants I will be applying for, I plan to start an online program as soon as possible!

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    October 16, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    How did you end up liking this online yoga teacher training. I’m considering it because I am a working mother of 2 and have an opportunity to teach and need to get a very ASAP. I do plan on getting more yoga certifications in the future continuing education is so important! How quickly did you take this course and did you like it or did you end up going to in person classes?

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    Leigh Smoak

    October 25, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    This is so wonderful! I am super interested in this and the Aura program! I am curious, I am super super super new/green to yoga. I have been active all my life and just started dabbling in yoga over the last year. I am interested in the YTT but wonder if it is a good idea for a newbie like me, or do you think it is better for someone that has practiced for a while and is more at an intermediate level? Thank you for the feedback!

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    Caroline from Canada

    November 20, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Like many others, I’ve stumbled upon this thread just at the right time (thanks, universe!). I would love nothing more than to do an in-person YTT, but geographically and financially it’s simply not feasible. For the past couple of months I’ve been hemming and hawing about online YTT in general, and yogarenew specifically. I appreciate the others who started the dialogue about yogarenew, and those that provided feedback. I too like the look of their curriculum, and I have to say that I’ve been emailing them with several questions and they have been super responsive, which I think bodes well. I’ve also been reflecting that while yes, I am going to sign up with yogarenew, but this is just the start of my journey of learning to teach yoga. I can, and will, take some weekend courses, retreats, etc, that delve into specific topics and I trust that that will satisfy my desire for in-person training. All in good time. Namaste.

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    December 14, 2018 at 10:16 pm

    I have taken two online yoga teacher trainings. First, I took YogaRenew. I wanted more and took My Vinyasa Practice. I will tell you the pros and cons of both, from my perspective.
    Yoga Renew has one big pro. It’s very affordable. I would even say cheap. Another pro is that it is relatively easy to register and use the system. Now for the cons. I felt there was a lot of trickery happening with this training. The alleged “founder” and “content contributors” are not registered with Yoga Alliance, which by itself would not be a big deal. I did find it odd that none of them listed their own teachers in their bios. That is unusual in the yoga community. It is yogic like to give honor to your teachers. Also, I saw on fb that a friend of a friend was upset they used her picture without her permission as one of their “graduates,” using a different name and fictitious bio. She never trained with them. She said they took her picture off of her IG. It made me wonder who really put the training together and whether or not the information was useful. I soon found out. I registered with My Vinyasa Practice. Pros are that I know for sure the trainer is a yoga teacher in Austin and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She also has an in person training that is approved with YA. The content was more extensive than YogaRenew. Cons are that it was boring and more expensive. I did learn alot about how to put a class together and realized the sequences I was given from Yoga Renew are not safe or sensible. Just my experience.

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    December 19, 2018 at 5:07 am

    Hello all! I have been looking at online YTT as well, and am way stumped on which one to pick. I have looked into Brettlarkin.com/Uplifted 200 hour TT and though it is $$$ it looks to be very interactive! Have any of you tried this one, or heard anything?

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      Jasmyn Kennedy

      February 9, 2020 at 8:53 pm

      I am looking into this course right now. Did you ever end up taking it?

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      July 29, 2020 at 10:52 am

      Hi i know this is an old thread.
      I did the BL YTT 200 hr and will do the 300/500 YTT too end of 2020, it is expensive but very good, in-depth, and you have access to all the lessons, calls and videos etc forever after you finish, so unlike face to face training when you can forget things you can always replay the videos and demos you have to do for homework and the online video classes!
      It is also a very very supportive community, in fact, the only online yoga community i have been with that is totally supportive with no bitching or general arrogance etc.
      There are plenty of payments options too, and i have part paid for 300 hr but wasnt able to do it last year but can carry that over to this year!
      There maybe no contact hours unless you live in the States or can afford to go there to do her in person classes/training as a bonus, but it is in depth and its the best onine distnace training i have done and i have done quite a few because of where i am based.

      Brett Larkin training go for it!

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    December 30, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Before I share my thoughts on this one, I will note I’ve been to “in person” trainings. I also spent hours and hours exploring Online Options. And after much research, I did the very impulsive thing and signed up for the Kaivalya training after a hard sell (where I was going to get $500 off the regular price). Oh-oh. Worked to get me there.

    Pros to the Kaivalya Program
    1. It’s rich in content. OMGosh yes. Hundreds of hours of lecture, reading, materials to go through.
    2. There are graders and there’s no rubber-stamp. This program actually reviews your answers and evaluates you pretty carefully as you go through the program. If you want to feel as if you’ve got people there for you, you’ll have them with this program.
    3. It covers a lot of ground. The anatomy is in-depth; there’s nothing “surface” about it. And the anatomy is based in sound-science, not conjecture or theory. The sequencing is peak-pose based. So if you’re looking to aim toward doing a head-stand (for instance), you’ll find yourself building sequences of poses to support the head-stand.
    4. She covers mantras and sound whereas a lot of teachers do not. This is one of her main selling points, though. She does a lot with mantras and sound and chanting as a yogini.
    5. You’ll get a 500 hour certification at the end of it, not just a 200 hour. In fact, the 200 part of this is only halfway through the course.
    6. The Online aspect is computer or smart-device ready. I would say the video-part will be hard to see if you’re trying to use a phone, though.
    7. There’s an anatomy program that comes along with the main program that’s friendly to use, very helpful for visualizing muscles and interactions and figuring out things like concentric vs. eccentric motions. It’s only good up to 6 months of the program and then you must pay extra if not done with the anatomy yet.
    8. The staff is very friendly and supportive. Even though you may “fail” some things, they help you figure out how to pass.
    9. She does have a FB and social media presence. She’s also online in seminars a lot with the student group. But your main interactions are with the supporting staff. She also has a Podcast, if you like listening to Podcasts.

    Cons to this program
    1. If you’re an Ashtanga-Vinyasa style of practitioner, this is a great program for you. If you’re more of a gentle yogi? I would caution that this may NOT be your program. The sequences are not strictly Ashtanga-Vinyasa, though. You’re not doing Primary Series all day. But there’s a lot borrowed from that approach in this one.
    2. The grading is strict and it’s kind of pass or fail. So you might “fail” a bit before you pass. The reasoning is that they want you to be the best yogi you can be — to really know your stuff. This can be disheartening if you find “Fail” to be a real demotivator.
    3. There’s NO CANCELLATION or REFUNDS and it’s not exactly up-front. Once you signed up, you’re in. You can’t back out if you find the program isn’t quite right for you, you have an accident, you get injured, something comes up, etc. If you sign up, you’re in. End of story. You can either use it or lose it. (I would also mention that I asked about this a couple of times before signing up and never really got an answer. It’s in their terms of use, but read that carefully.)
    4. Assignments are no walk in the park. What I mean is that the assignments are going to really test knowledge and understanding. This isn’t a con as much as it is a warning. Don’t go into this program expecting it to be in any way easy because it’s an online program. It isn’t. If anything, it’s harder than an “in person” training.
    5. Yes, it’s named after her and it has nothing to do with the Indian Kaivalya Yoga School. So if you’re looking for something more traditional? This isn’t it. Alanna Kaivalya is a more modern yogi with more modern approaches, sequences and a lot owed to Krishnamucharya, not Swami Sivananda. But she does include a lot of traditional philosophy and readings (along with her own). If, however, you’re dubious of someone who would name a program after themselves and require you read two their own books as part of their program? Yeah, I get it.

    UPSHOT: I would caution you not to sign up for this if
    * You have more of a gentler yogi style and Ashtanga-Vinyasa ain’t your “thing”
    * Are more traditionally biased —i.e., Integral Yoga or Sivananda Yoga
    * Don’t have a way of video-taping yourself (which isn’t hard or expensive if you have a smart device with a camera. But you do need a tripod. For instance, iPhones work…)
    * Are more of a dabbler, wanting to learn about yoga but not really all that into teaching it. This is really a program aimed at people who will be trained to teach.
    * Have some doubts about your ability to finish difficult coursework — REMEMBER: There are no cancels or refunds.
    * Don’t respond all that well to “fail” grades — for instance, “fail” impels you to quit, not try again to do better. (I’m actually the type who just tries again to do better. But I know there are those out there for whom this would be a real problem.)

    For myself:
    I am a gentler, Kripalu-style yogi. I prefer a yoga that’s very breath-based, pratyahara, and bio-feedback heavy. I go “inward” alot with yoga. So these harder, vinyasa-style classes and focuses aren’t really my thing. She does have some gentler classes she teaches. It’s not the bulk of the teaching, though, nor is it the main style. So just keep that in mind if you sign up for it. This was my major mistake: I did not realize this in advance. Now, I’m trying to figure out how to get through it when it’s not really what I do or how I do it. It makes for an interesting, if not expensive, puzzle.

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      Erin Motz

      January 5, 2019 at 5:50 pm

      wow! this is amazing and very detailed! Thank you!

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      April 8, 2020 at 11:44 pm

      Thank you so much for this helpful review!

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      April 12, 2020 at 1:50 am

      I realize that this is several years ago however finding this comment was extremely helpful. I am looking for an online program and trying to determine which way i should go. I am not a vinyasa yogi. And looking for a program that is geared towards my strengths. Thank you for your detailed comment.

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      July 25, 2020 at 10:52 pm

      Wow. Thank you so much for this detailed and honest review. I’ve been looking at this program and it’s help me narrow it down.

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    January 13, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I took Online Yoga School and loved it! So the pros and the cons…. here we go. The pros are that the content is very thorough and fulfilling. I felt like I got more than I expected on each area covered. They also offer trainings in person that are registered with YA and they use the same curriculum online that they use in person. I also liked that there is a lot of interaction. They give me feedback on my assignments, my sequences, etc. With every module, I was more prepared to teach. Best of all, it was affordable. Cons…with online learning, you always miss out on face-to-face human interaction but you know that up front.

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      February 1, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Hi! I’m looking into Yoga School Online. I was a bit sketched out by the low cost and not being able to find much info on it outside of their website. Is this a legitimate training?

      1. Megan Reddix

        Megan Reddix

        March 7, 2019 at 9:30 pm

        Yes it is! I have been teaching for almost 4 years now. I completed my Hatha Yoga Teacher Training with Aura and decided to specialize in Prenatal and Postnatal yoga, so I completed that training with Aura as well. I have taught in several spaces and have continued to build my business as a yoga instructor over these past several years! Good luck!

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          March 23, 2019 at 4:31 pm

          Are Yoga School Online and Aura the same thing? Out of Aura, Yoga School Online, and My Vinyasa Practice, which do you recommend for a general, 200 Hr YTT certificate?

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          May 20, 2020 at 7:52 pm

          Hi Megan, now that you have taken two courses at Aura – do you know anything about the re-certification process at Aura ? How long before expiration etc ? Thanks.

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    March 6, 2019 at 3:48 am

    WOW!! I love this thread. I am following my dream and enrolling in Aura, super excited and so glad I found this!!

    1. Megan Reddix

      Megan Reddix

      March 7, 2019 at 9:28 pm

      I’m so excited for you! Best of luck!

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    April 12, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Hello everyone! This thread is so helpful. Thanks to ppl who take the time to share their thoughts and experiences. I’m lookin into YTT and have been so overwhelmed! These comments have been super helpful along the way. Does anyone know anything about Brett Larkin Uplifted program? It looks really cool, thorough and interactive but it’s also very expensive!!! If anyone has any experience with the program please share. Thanks so much!

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    April 13, 2019 at 10:27 pm

    I’m looking into Aura and I saw this note in their FAQ section, “Aura Wellness Center requires re-certification on all Yoga Teacher Certification Courses.” For those of you who have completed a YTT with Aura, does your certification require an ongoing recertification or fee? If so, is this standard across all certifications?

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    April 29, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    I’m looking to sign up with Aura as well. I’m interested, can anyone explain what their course was like? Long or short assignments? Mainly reading? How much time did you spend studying, ect?

    Also, does their certificate list an expiration date on it if you don’t re-certify? Is there an additional fee for recertification?

    Thank you!

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      November 27, 2019 at 8:10 pm

      I took a 200hr training with Aura which I enjoyed but there is an expiration date on the certificate and you do you have to pay for each recertification. I am actually looking into a 500 hour program with My Vinyasa or Brett Larkin. The Brett Larkin training is extremely expensive and on a school teachers budget I doubt I can pull it off so I am leaning more towards the My Vinyasa program as it looks very in-depth And it is more affordable.

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    Edie Spiegel

    May 18, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Recommendations for either Yogarenew or Online Yoga School? Has anyone completed either of these programs and can provide some up to date feedback?

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      Laura Balducci

      May 18, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Yes I have completed my 200 hours with Yoga Renew Teacher Training it was a fantastic experience, easy to navigate, lifetime access, their always updating, return questions timely, totally affordable, they just released a 300 hour program (which I’m excited to do this fall and I have taught public classes and for the summer i am teaching private sessions and a summer workshop… highly recommend their online course… best thing I did for my personal practice, my yoga goals and I learned so much more then I ever excepted…. I 💚 my yoga family at http://www.yogarenewteachertraining.com

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    May 26, 2019 at 2:40 pm

    Wonderful information!! Has anyone looked into Soul Ascension Healing Arts YTT?
    Any thoughts would be so helpful!


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    May 28, 2019 at 11:55 am

    Hi all!

    For anyone curious about online YTT I just did Yoga Renew and it was very informative, easy to navigate, and the people who run it are so helpful and kind to answer questions about the program.
    I don’t know if anyone mentioned this program but I’m currently doing Swami Yoga Club online YTT as well. It is absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it even if you’ve done another YTT. Swami is an incredible teacher/mentor. He is from India, joined an ashram at age 5 and has been teaching yoga since he was 12.
    There are live sessions every Sunday from 10-4pm where you can practice, ask questions, learn physical asanas as well as philosophy. All the live sessions are also recorded. There is an incredible amount of information, it’s so thorough. Swami’s energy and heart is inspiring. It has absolutely changed my life and I’m only on week 3. There is also the option to work a few times a week with a coach who is available to answer questions and supplement your training. It’s afforable and has been one of the best experiences of my life!!!!!

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    June 19, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Hi Megan,

    Thank you for this post. It is really helpful and thanks for all contributing to the thread.

    I also want to do online YTT-200 and I was going through Aura Wellness. Megan could you please guide which course you took at the beginning.

    As there are three courses for YTT-200. One is more research based and has less price. Do you think going for a research based YTT at Aura might be difficult?

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    Erica Anderson

    July 16, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Hello there everyone! I have been looking as well at online YTT courses. I came across this thread by chance and so happy I did! There are so many choices that I am having problems on which one to pick. I have looked into Brettlarkin.com/Uplifted 200 hour course and thought it was expensive, but it looks to be very interactive with “face-time” phone calls and group talks, etc! Does anyone know anything about this program? I was leaning towards this one, until I saw the others mentioned – so if anyone has any experience with the program please share. Two others have asked about this course from what I can see, with no response yet…. Thank you so very much! 🙂

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    July 20, 2019 at 10:09 am

    Wow! What an awesome thread! I wanted to add my comment because I did my YTT with Aura Wellness in 2012 and as I write this I’m studying for my second recertification with them.

    I studied and practiced Ashtanga Yoga before I took the online course. My former Yoga teacher ( Jo Ichihara of Yoga Chill Guam) suggested to me that I’d make a great instructor…I chewed on that for a while and in the meantime my husband and I retired to rural Japan.

    We moved to his small farm town where there were no yoga studios! I couldn’t let go of the dream to become a yoga teacher. I thought it was impossible because it would mean that I’d have to travel somewhere and be gone for a month or more. Really not feasible on our retirement income.

    On a whim I started searching online and I came across Aura Wellness. I must have read and re-read their website several dozen times. Back then there weren’t many reviews but I read everything about them that I could.

    I emailed Dr. Paul and he responded. I can’t even begin to tell you how knowledgeable, kind and helpful he was. I decided to enroll and I have to say/ it was not an easy course. There is a LOT of studying and planning and work involved in the course but this is good!

    I would have been really concerned if it had been easy.

    After 2 years my first recertification came up and the independent research in intense! But I loved it!

    I’m in the process of working on my second recertification.

    I have been teaching for a government community center for 8 years now with my Aura Wellness YTT certification. In between I keep up with my personal continuing education-all yoga teachers should do that. I read books, do online workshops, meet with other yoga teachers when I can.

    I’ve never regretted doing the online course. It has enabled me to teach yoga to older women in s small farming community that would have never had the opportunity to take a yoga class. My class has and is growing in popularity! I’m now also teaching private yoga!

    This is a huge thing here as I’m not Japanese!

    If you are thinking about online YTT I recommend Aura Wellness- their teacher support is beyond awry! Their classes are challenging and complete!

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      Jennifer Erbiceanu

      December 8, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Thank you Connie, this has been so helpful for me in making up my mind on which course to take.

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    July 20, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Gah- sorry for the autocorrect typos!

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    August 26, 2019 at 5:24 am

    This thread is what I needed.

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    September 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    I love this thread! It’s very helpful. I really want to do the online yoga training. Has anyone here tried OnlineYoga.school? I have talked to the owner and I’m intrigued. ❤️

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      April 14, 2020 at 3:26 pm

      Gina, did you go with onlineyogaschool? If so, what ddid you think? thanks

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    SatyaOM Yogshala

    February 11, 2020 at 1:24 am

    Thanks for sharing such a nice blog and valuable information!!
    We provide affordable Yoga Teacher Training In Ottawa.

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    Ashley Hamilton

    April 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Hi Susa, how did your training go at Aura Wellness and which course did you end up taking? I’m looking into Online Level 1 Vinyasa 200 hours to start. After all my research, the schools that stand out to me are Aura Wellness and DoYogaWithMe. Both seem to offer highly experienced and dedicated Yoga Instructors, quality educational material, and seamless online platforms. I’ll let you know how my progress goes.

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    April 14, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    I’m looking for input pros/cons on Onlineyogaschoo, renewyoga,l and MyVinyasapractice. I want something well-rounded. Appreciate any thoughts. thanks

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    April 14, 2020 at 4:41 pm

    I would like to know as well. I’m considering onlineyoga as well. It sounds like a decent program. And they have live zoom sessions which is a plus.

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      April 15, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Donna, just an FYI, I’m 99% sure I’m going go with onlineyogaschool and start this week – I want to get it done before summer. If you go with them as well, look for me on the Zoom meetings!

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    Alenka Mali

    April 23, 2020 at 6:42 pm

    Never really knew online YTT was an actual thing. I have been wanting to get certified for a long time now. And I was a bit sceptical when I heard of it first… But now, with a bit of research, I am warming up to it. Any specific school you would recommend?

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    April 24, 2020 at 12:04 am

    This thread has been so helpful! Finances are a big things for me so I am really trying to choose between these three:
    – Online.yogaschool
    -Aura Wellness
    -Yoga Renew
    This thread has definitely given me information to chew on – open to anything else if others have taken any of these or can help me differentiate them!

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      Mary George

      April 26, 2020 at 10:43 am

      I looked at these three as well and a week ago decided to go with online.yogaschool – for these reasons; price, positive reviews, the fact that Steph is trained in pelvic floor yoga by Leslie Howard, which may be one of my focuses, and that she has a studio and does in person YTT as well (not that I’ll take them, but to me this “grounds” the training. So, I’m a week in and going at hard. The content is comprehensive, but in my opinion the videos and text could use polish to make them easier to read and understand. I am good at self directed study so am able to supplement what I need with other resources and the anatomy text book. There is a great community on the student facebook page that is very interactive and helpful. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any specific questions.

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    April 24, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    I’m in the same boat guys. I have been looking into these also. My favorite is Uplifted by Brett Larkin but her program is $2850, which is very close to in-person training! I haven’t made a decision yet but I’ve been looking into the required reading for each program (looking at the books on amazon) and the video instructors that would be teaching. Some are just flat out boring, a few actually. I went to youtube.com to watch a sample of each instructor and Brett is my absolute favorite as I have learned so much from every video of hers I’ve watched, but the expense is the issue. If anyone can give me ideas to make $2850, then my decision will be easy 🙂 As far as Aura Wellness goes, I read on their site that their YTT requires a re-certification every so often. However, I don’t know how much it costs and how often to re-certify. This may be an issue. Any thoughts on that one?

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      Mary George

      April 26, 2020 at 10:56 am

      Steph, I just commented on the online.yogaschool to Shelby’s question…just letting you know incase you don’t receive post notifications. Like you I would have loved to take Brett’s course, but right now the $$ held me back. Since I currently am not 100% sure what I’ll end up doing with this, the low investment option is the right choice for me. I feel I will learn what I need and this gives me the structure of what I need to keep working on. I’ve been practicing yoga for years, have taught fitness, have a laypersons’ understanding of anatomy and have a good understanding/use of yoga and related (ie ayurveda) practices. Hope this helps. I kind of look at it this way. I’ll be certified and if I start teaching (right now I’m thinking at the YMCA) and need more training and am making some $$, I’ll do Brett’s 300 YTT.

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    April 26, 2020 at 10:01 am

    This has been quite the journey for me to make a decision. I can’t tell you how many hours I spent researching online yoga courses. Your blog (and all the comments here) were super helpful! I decided to sign up to Drishti Beats yoga school. Music is a big piece of their RYT 200 training (which I absolute love!), and the video overview left little guessing for me to find out what they are all about. I’m only in session two, but I feel like I have already learned a lot, I find the all the lecture videos super interactive as(they use some kind of cgi in their anatomy videos!)
    I hope you guys find the course that works best for you to!
    Good luck x

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      April 27, 2020 at 7:16 am

      Thank you soooooo much Jamie!! I live in Germany and I too have been researching many long hours. I read so many comments and the trainings they recommended until I saw your comment! Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us out there! After watching the video you recommended, it took very little to convince me that this school is on a whole different level. I am on the first session and I can’t recommend those people enough! The vinyasa masterclasses with the violin at the beginning of the first session just blew me away! We have nothing like this where I’m from and from the research I did over the last few weeks, this was the first school to make the music and yoga connection. I also like a lot that their music is on Spotify and YouTube. Many thanks everyone for helping!!

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      July 25, 2020 at 11:31 pm

      I thought I had it narrowed down but found your post and looked up Drishti Beats. Now I’m back to deciding. They look super cool. Have you continued to enjoy your experience with them? Thank you for posting about them.

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    April 26, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    The money is a huge concern for me as well. Can anyone who is signed into Aura, YogaSchool Online, My Vinasa Practice, and YogaRenew give us the pros and cons of what you are actually experiencing while enrolled so far. Maybe insider intelligence 🙂 can help us all in making the big decision.

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    April 27, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    Thank you Mary for sharing your experience! I have done more research and am now leaning towards My Vinyasa Practice though Online Yoga.School is my second choice. I will share my experience My Vinyasa Practice once I get started. This thread has been so helpful!

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      May 3, 2020 at 3:18 am

      I am still debating between the exact same programs that you mentioned. Did you decide which one you will be going with?
      They are both in the same price range. Yoga.School seems to be leaning heavily towards restorative yoga (I could be wrong).

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    May 3, 2020 at 8:28 am

    I’m a couple weeks into yoga.school and while there is an optional module for restorative yoga, they don’t lean toward any specific style of yoga. You learn all aspects of yoga so that you can teach the style you want to. Hope this helps.

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      May 3, 2020 at 8:50 am

      That’s awesome. How do you like it?
      Are there prenatal and/or pelvic yoga as a course in the program? Do you know anything about the instructors lineage or teachers?

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    May 3, 2020 at 9:26 am

    So far I like it. Their zoom practice sessions are very helpful. Prenatal/pelvic floor are not part of the 200 hour YTT – those would be continuing ed courses. They offer the restorative but I don’t see a prenatal or pelvic floor specific. You can read more about the owner here. https://www.stephmitchellyoga.com/2019/01/why-i-created-online-yoga-teacher.html. Also one of the instructors just wrote an anatomy book. Basic Anatomy For Yoga Instructors and Everyone In Between.

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      May 4, 2020 at 10:42 pm

      Thank you Mary 🙂

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    Larissa Chilanti

    May 4, 2020 at 4:40 am

    Hi everyone! This post also helped me a lot when I was choosing an online teacher training so I decided to gove my feedback and maybe it could help others. I was between Online Yoga School and Yoga Renew and I couldn’t choose so I sent both an email asking if they had some sample that I could try the course somehow. It turns out that Online Yoga has a small sample where you can access the platform and watch two basic videos of the course. I liked it but I felt like the content and the videos were not the best. So Yoga Renew answered me explaining that I could enroll and try the course normally and if I’m not satisfied until 30 days, they would return the money. They have this explanation on their website and was a big pro. So after almost one month of course, I’ve reached more than 60%. I immediately loved it. The Yoga Anatomy and Adjustments with David Kyle are a big pro. They don’t have live chats but the facebook community and this is a pro of Online Yoga School. The certification of Online Yoga School is also being recognised by Yoga Alliance if you finish until June because of the pandemia. Even so, I’m very happy with Yoga Renew and I definitely recommend but I can’t say is the best solution for everyone. Each one should find yours. Cheers!

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    Michele Herrmann

    May 4, 2020 at 5:38 pm

    I was all about signing up with Aura and then I read this thread and really questioning my decision. I hadn’t heard of My Vinyasa Practice…and now I’m looking at that, Online yoga School, and Yoga Renew. Help!

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    May 4, 2020 at 5:55 pm

    Hey everyone. I decided to go with My Vinyasa Practice. I havent started yet so cant speak too much to the program but I can let you know why I chose it so you can make your decision. This thread was very helpful for me deciding what was best for me!
    – My Vinyasa Practice is currently discounted by 50% which means the program had a higher value then Yoga Renew, Online Yoga School and Aura wellness at face value but available right now all similar pricing.
    – I liked that I was able to see a very clear outline of what the program included and the break down. I liked that yin yoga and vinyasa are covered.
    – So far support has been fantastic and super quick so I am assuming it will be same as I go through program.
    – options for live interaction and support
    – established school with a physical location

    Best of luck to everyone deciding!

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    May 4, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    Choices, choices! I can only speak to OYS, but I like it for the most part. In my opinion there are some thing that they could do better – not that what they do/teach is wrong, but more in the way some things are formatted and some of the writing could. be clearer. I am extra picky on that because that is what I do for a living (writing of all kinds and graphic design). But don’t let that stop you from. choosing them – just want to give you what I think is the real picture. What they do very well (again I have no comparison) is virtual interaction. They have multiple weekly zoom sessions where you can either teach or observe and give/get feedback. That is invaluable . They also release weekly recorded sessions, mainly Q&A on anatomy, business, sequencing, etc. I looked at all of the ones you are looking at finally decided that I had analysis paralysis so just took the plunge based on my gut feeling. (or should I say inner yogi :). Hope this helps. feel free to ask any specific questions.

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    May 5, 2020 at 7:38 am


    can anyone give more details on the My Vinyasa Practice online yoga teacher training. I noticed there are no virtual or live sessions. Do people find that having everything pre-recorded actually helps them learn the material?

    Also, has anyone heard of or had experience with the Soul Ascension Healing Arts online YTT and virtual retreat?

    Any insight would be much appreciated!

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      May 6, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      Hi Alex,
      There are LIVE sessions every weekend and the trainers are very knowledgable. The philosophy and anatomy is right on and I like that the facebook community is so extensive. I’m enjoying my 200 and have decided to register for my 300 hour now that Yoga Alliance has extended their temporary provision through September. I like that it’s a thorough training, they answer my emails in less than an hour, and there are awesome mentors and LIVE asana classes included everyday.

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        May 7, 2020 at 7:46 am

        Hi Jean, you’re referring to my vinyasa practice, correct?? They do have some virtual interaction it sounds like as well as asana classes daily?

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    May 5, 2020 at 7:44 am

    My other question about My Vinyasa Practice is that I don’t see that it is registered with Yoga Alliance. I know that’s not the end all be all but I have heard that it may be easier to find employment.

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    Michele Herrmann

    May 5, 2020 at 8:36 am

    After more research, I found my answer about Yoga Alliance an My Vinyasa Practice…they are in fact registered with them.

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    Cally Rempis

    May 5, 2020 at 9:37 am

    I was looking at Kaivalya Yoga Method, but now I think I would benefit more from the Aura Wellness or My Vinyasa Practice. I do see Aura and My Vinyasa are registered with the Yoga Alliance. Hoping to make a decision by the weekend. How to decide??? EEK!

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      May 5, 2020 at 10:08 am

      I ended up going with My Vinyasa Practice. It is a pretty good deal $-wise. I suggest you watch some Youtube videos from both schools and see which one you like more.
      I had to decide between OnlineYoga school and My Vinyasa Practice. They both have a great $ value. My Vinyasa Practice had a very clear outline. OnlineYoga school offers multiple bonus packages for those registering for YYT, they might be continuing education accredited courses (you can ask them for confirmation).
      I do not know much about Aura , they gave me a very confusing answer when I asked them whether they offer online RYT.

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        May 5, 2020 at 10:19 am

        Just a note – Aura’s answer to my question was confusing to me – It could be crystal clear to someone else. Best approach is searching them on YA and see if they are registered.

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          May 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

          Thanks for the feedback. I will check out some youtube videos.

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            June 5, 2020 at 1:32 pm

            Hi Cally,
            Did you end up deciding which school you are going with?

            Here is some additional information on My Vinyasa Practice’s 200h. There are live zoom sessions in case you like having getting to meet other students and ask questions instead of sending an email – attendance is not mandatory, you can watch the recorded sessions later.

            You get free access to one month of unlimited live practice: Yin, Vinyasa, Hatha and Resorative classes. They have 5-6 classes a day.
            You do not have to spend any additional $ on books and materials – MVP provides you with all you need.
            Their 200 hr program consists of :
            Zoom Lectures, Pre-recorded Video Lectures and Practice, Independent Study/Mentoring, Sadhana/Personal Practice
            and Practice Teaching/Practicum.
            Mentors are very responsive, They will get back to you within 24 hours.

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              June 5, 2020 at 2:35 pm

              Great post! I am taking it with MVP now. I really love the program. Very interactive, lots of support from mentors, office hours, live zoom calls. You certainly don’t feel alone in the program and you have someone to reach out to if you have questions. And they offer complimentary one month of yoga with their studio via live stream zoom classes. … I am learning about variety of yoga – yin, restorative, vinyasa, kundalini, gentle yoga and adaptive yoga. It’s very well rounded.

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    Michele Herrmann

    May 5, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    I’m still looking but noticed today that My Vinyasa Practice has some extra courses to add on which are very affordable if you are interested in broadening your practice. Gonna decide soon!

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    May 30, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I actually ended up going with my vinyasa practice for my 200 YTT. I liked the fact they also offered 1 month free of virtual zoom classes in their program – their vinyasa classes are great. I also like they have a physical presence- not that I am in Austin, but on a psychological level, it feels more reassuring. They have weekend zoom classes where you can connect with other students – so the interactive part is there if you need/want it. I personally prefer to have some interactivity as it makes online school more manageable for me. I’ll update this review throughout the program but I am excited. And it is more affordable than other yoga online yoga programs and you don’t need to buy any additional books as everything is available online through the program.

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    Juan Paz

    June 19, 2020 at 3:00 pm

    If you are complicit in the exploitation of animals for meat and dairy, and the earth, then you are not a yogi. You are a fraud.

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    June 28, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Great Info. I too am weighing my options between yoga renew and my vinyasa practice 300 hr. I believe most are commenting on the 200hr programs. Any feedback on these 2 schools 300 hr YTT would be much appreciated. Currently the cost is about the same ( when you pay in full for MVP its 50% off and is around 50$ less than Yoga Renews 300hr…MVP includes all resources and Yoga Renew requires you to purchase 4 books so that adds another $100-$200 ). I am hoping I can complete the 300 by sept 30th so i may upgrade my RYT 200hr to RYT500hr. Both schools seem great and affordable. Cant decide but need to ASAP

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      Jain Ashima

      July 9, 2020 at 11:58 pm

      Please post what do you decide. I am also debating which one to join.

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    Stephanie B

    August 13, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Hi all, I have also been looking at doing the 200hr with MVP or Yoga Renew, and have found this thread very helpful for course reviews. I wondered if anyone is currently doing the YR online course and how you are finding the it?
    Also it appears they too are recently Yoga Alliance approved? I’m leaning towards MVP after looking at some of the sample videos on Youtube, but not 100% sure just yet. Hoping to hear from YR to see how they differ.
    There seems to be quite a positive response for the MVP 200hr course. Thank you!

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      August 13, 2020 at 10:48 am

      Hi Stephanie,
      I am completing my training with MVP and its very comprehensive. I really do like it. They are now offering mentorship/support to students, which is helpful especially in an online basis. They also have over 10 office hours throughout the week – where you can do a zoom call with the mentors and teachers. They’ve been approved with yoga alliance for some time – I looked at this program in April and enrolled in May. If you get your certification with an YA approved school, you can register with YA by Dec 31st. They recently extended this. If you have any questions, feel free to ask. I am really happy with this program and its very very affordable… for a good reason! Yoga training shouldn’t cost and arm and a leg!

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        Stephanie B

        August 13, 2020 at 11:21 am

        Thank you Liza, that’s really helpful! Would you say the online course videos for MVP are much like the youtube sample versions?
        I’ve received a response from YR too regarding any questions I had which is great- and if the course isn’t what I’m looking for, they do offer a cancellation period. They both seem to be very good options… decisions!
        Thanks again, Stephanie

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    August 13, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Hi Stephanie,
    I am not 100% sure what the samples you are referring to, but I just looked on youtube videos for MVP and I see some of the videos from my teacher training on there. I know that some of my teacher training content (videos) are also available on youtube. They also uploaded some new ones. I hope that answers your questions! Whichever school you chose, I am sure that this journey will be transformational! I’ve learned so much about myself and yoga beyond the mat through the 200YTT.

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      August 14, 2020 at 4:14 am

      Thank you Liza, yes those were the ones I viewed on YouTube too 🙂 Would you say there is much in the way of video content for sequencing, as well as individual breakdowns for asanas? Thanks again for your helpful responses, I really appreciate your feedback, Stephanie

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    Briana Man

    November 8, 2020 at 7:55 pm

    Would anyone recommend the 200 Hour certification through the Kaivalya Yoga Method online school over My Vinyasa Practice? Looking to do an online program and would love some personal feedback!

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